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There are 2.5 miles of public viewing along the NYC route this year. Macy’s is following all current city & state health & safety regulations.
West 77th Street & Central Park West at 9am ET.
No (or limited) public viewing here.
Central Park West
Early risers arrive starting at 6am ET on the west side
of Central Park West from West 75th to West 61st
Streets. Great views can be found along this stretch.
Please note: no public viewing on Central Park West between West 59th & West 60th Streets.
The Parade turns here onto Central Park South.
No public viewing here.
Central Park South & 6th Avenue
The Parade heads south onto 6th Avenue.
Great views from West 59th to West 38th Streets!
Avoid watching on 6th Avenue between West 34th & West 38th Streets & on West 34th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues. The national television broadcast limits viewing here.
Macy’s Herald Square
The Parade makes its final turn & stops in front of Macy’s Herald Square. No public viewing here.
Macy's limited grandstand tickets are not for sale to the general public.
No public viewing or press access in the telecast area on 6th Avenue from West 34th to West 38th Streets & on West 34th Street between Broadway & 7th Avenue. No public viewing on Central Park West between West 59th & West 60th Streets. Limited public viewing on the south side of West 34th Street between Broadway & 7th Avenue.
Get a sneak peek at our legendary giant balloons
as they come to life on Thanksgiving eve!
The American Museum of Natural History: Museum guests should plan to arrive via West 86th Street & Central Park West, following the queue on the park side of Central Park West to the museum entrance on Central Park West, midway between West 77th & West 81st Streets.
All guests will enter via secure checkpoint
at West 72nd Street & Columbus Avenue.
For arriving guests:72 St. station (at Central Park West)
- 72 St. station (at Broadway)
Volunteers can be found at the subway entrances on Central Park West at West 72nd Street to help with directions.
Guests arriving from the West Side can cross Columbus Avenue south of West 77th Street to join the viewing line at West 72nd Street & Columbus Avenue.
Guests arriving from the East Side should utilize the 65th Street Transverse, then head northwest to join the viewing line at West 72nd Street & Columbus Avenue.
The viewing line
Guests will then head to West 77th & West 81st Streets between Central Park West & Columbus Avenue to check out all of the balloons. No public viewing on the south side of West 77th Street or north side of West 81st Street.
New this year: After viewing the balloons, guests will exit the inflation area & head north on Central Park West to see our fabulous float assembly between West 81st & West 86th Streets.
Guests may leave the inflation area via:
- 81 St.-Museum of Natural History station (at Central Park West)
- 79 St. station (at Broadway)
- 79th Street Transverse (entrance at West 81st Street & Central Park West)
- West 82nd Street, heading west toward Columbus Avenue
Volunteers can be found at the subway entrances on Central Park West at West 81st Street to help with directions.
Get answers to your important questions.
What should I bring?
Weather can be unpredictable so dress in layers, wear comfy shoes & bring a poncho.
What items are prohibited?
For your safety, the following items are expressly prohibited: umbrellas, backpacks, large bags, chairs, alcoholic beverages, drones & e-cigarettes.
No personal property can be left or abandoned at the entrance or checkpoints.
Will there be street closures?
Central Park West will be closed from West 72nd Street to West 85th Street beginning Wednesday, November 23 at noon through Thursday, November 24 at noon.
The 79th Street Transverse will be closed Wednesday, November 23 at noon through Thursday, November 24 at noon.